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SHOW BITS: Stars kick back after hard night's work

Monday - 3/3/2014, 9:44am  ET

Jared Leto arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Show Bits brings you the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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PARTY KEEPS OSCAR NIGHT GOING

After a hard night's work at the Oscars, stars are ready to party. In a parking lot converted temporarily by Vanity Fair magazine into a swank and invitation- only West Hollywood club, celebrities mostly skipped the In N Out burgers and booze to schmooze.

Ellen DeGeneres, looking as relaxed as she did hosting, chatted intently with Sacha Baron Cohen. Her wife, Portia Di Rossi, was by her side, talking to Ryan Seacrest. Spike Lee and Edward Norton attempted to catch up, shouting at each other over music that included the appropriate "Celebration."

In one corner, three veteran stars created a memorable photo op that had several partygoers pulling out their cameras. Nominee Bruce Dern ("Nebraska") was joined by Mickey Rooney on one side and 1995 Oscar winner Martin Landau ("Ed Wood") on the other.

Jared Leto, who passed his supporting actor Oscar among reporters earlier Sunday, was as generous at the party. The "Dallas Buyers Club" star invited two statuesque blondes to appreciate the trophy's heft, and they appeared duly impressed -- with one inviting her boyfriend over to share the experience.

Pink's performance of "Over the Rainbow" during a 75th anniversary salute to "The Wizard of Oz" drew compliments. "It was an honor," she replied to one well-wisher.

In the crowd of some 1,000 partygoers, one nominee who didn't claim a trophy still looked like a winner: "American Hustle" star Jennifer Lawrence, who lost in the supporting actress category to Lupita Nyong'o of "Twelve Years a Slave."

Lawrence had changed from the elegant red Dior dress she wore for the ceremony into a sexy sheath that sparkled with what appeared to be tiny mirrors. She couldn't be overlooked, trophy or not.

-- Lynn Elber -- www.twitter.com/lynnelber .

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BLANCHETT: IT'S NOT EASY BEING FRONT-RUNNER

Winning acting honors at other major awards shows didn't make the Oscars ceremony any easier for Cate Blanchett.

The night figured to be a coronation for the actress, who'd won best actress honors at the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe Awards and other shows for her role in "Blue Jasmine." Instead, the prospect of waiting until nearly the end of Sunday's ceremony proved stressful for the two-time Oscar winner.

"It was an intense, unbearable pressure which I'm so glad is over," Blanchett said after her win. "It has been every year."

Blanchett, who has been nominated for acting Oscars five times, took a hiatus from films in recent years to focus on theater work. She won a best supporting actress Oscar in 2005 for "The Aviator."

"Every year I watch this thing remotely and every year there are five, six, 10, 12 or 20 performances by women that I'm gob smacked by and inspired by," she said. "And it gets whittled down to five. To be in conversation with those women by proxy ... that's the privilege and the rest is just chocolate."

-- Anthony McCartney -- http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP .

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NOT MISSING A MOMENT OF OSCAR GLORY

Jared Leto made sure he captured every aspect of his Oscar moment, going so far as to film the one-minute process it took to engrave his name on his best supporting actor trophy after the show.

Matthew McConaughey also dropped by the Oscar engraving station at the Governor's Ball to have his name placed on his best actor trophy. He commemorated the moment with pictures of himself and his wife, Camila Alves McConaughey

Spike Jonze arrived at the engraving table just moments ahead of fellow Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron.

"Hey, no cutting!" Jonze, the best original screenplay winner, joked before posing for photos with Cuaron, the best director winner.

The engraving station has been going for five years, and nearly every winner stops by.

-- Sandy Cohen -- http:// www.twitter.com/APSandy .

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QUICKQUOTE: CATE BLANCHETT

"My morning began with being pummeled like Kobe beef. And it's just gotten better and better." -- Best actress winner Cate Blanchett on having the choice of three Armani dresses to choose from for the awards ceremony.

-- Anthony McCartney -- http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP .

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GETTING A SECOND CHANCE

The night was going so well for "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron that he didn't bother making a speech during his first trip to the Oscars stage on Sunday.

He let his co-winner for best film editing take the limelight, only thanking his family backstage after he was prompted to do so by a reporter.

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